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Give an Edgewater Historical Society gift membership

Gifting an Edgewater Historical Society membership is a great way to get a loved one involved in the vibrant Edgewater community. Our members enjoy creative exhibits on important community topics, lectures by EHS curators, book discussions, our quarterly Scrapbook newsletter, and many more benefits. And now, first time members will enjoy a one-time $5 membership for the first year. Please consider offering a membership to someone close to you for the holidays.

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Save the Woodruff Shopping Arcade

The shopping arcade at the southeast corner of Broadway and Devon/Sheridan is under threat of demolition. A six story mixed use building is proposed for the site - residential on the top five floors, and retail on the first floor. Fourteen (14) businesses would be displaced, some of which have been there for years.

The Woodruff Arcade is a hidden gem, but a gem nonetheless. It is a unique building type, the precursor of today’s indoor shopping mall, and it is the only one in Edgewater (we once had two). More importantly, it is the only one in all of Chicago. For that reason alone it should be preserved. [more...]

New exhibit - "Made in Chicago"

The “Made in Chicago” exhibit is a collection of artifacts from the Made in Chicago Museum - “An industrial history in everyday objects 1900-1970.” The exhibit runs through April 2018.

Explore the kitchen installation and see familiar products from the past. Remember Dad’s old fashioned root beer or Oh Henry candy bars? Many manufacturers, like Steward Warner, are gone, but their products, like the early TVs, are still here.

Stop by to see the real things, and then go online to the Made In Chicago Museum to learn more. You are going to love it. For a short overview of the exhibit by the curator and owner of the collection, click here. [more...]

Edgewater Beach Hotel, 100 Years Later

The one hundred year anniversary of the opening of the Edgewater Beach Hotel is being celebrated with an exhibit at the Edgewater Historical Society and Museum. The exhibit will be open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. Come prepared to learn about this fabulous hotel that put Edgewater on the map by surfing our website. [more...]

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

I'll Take You ThereThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The book to be discussed is: “I’ll Take You There” by Greg Kot. Click here for a flyer.

Gallery Talk, November 16, 7:00 p.m. (Past)

Giant pencil sharpenerJoin collector Andrew Clayman and curator Kathy Gemperle for a “Made in Chicago” exhibit gallery talk on Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Historical Society, 5358 N. Ashland, Chicago. See everyday objects from the past, including make-up and baking supplies, to the extraordinary, including a bottler and sheep shearing machine. Everything was manufactured in Chicago!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the gallery talk beginning at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free, but registration is requested. Hope to see you on November 16!

Wanted: Edgewater Living Treasures Award Nominations (Past)

The Edgewater Historical Society is seeking nominees for its Edgewater Living Treasures Award. EHS invites Edgewater residents to submit the name(s) of anyone whom they feel is deserving of the award by October 1, 2017. Click here for the nomination form. Winners of the award are at the sole discretion of the Edgewater Historical Society. [more...]

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

Chicago Conspiracy TrialThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The book to be discussed is: “The Chicago Conspiracy Trial” by John Schultz. Click here for a flyer.

2017 Austin Wyman Lecture (Past)

JosephSchwietermanThe 2017 Fall General meeting and Austin Wyman Lecture will be on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway.

Transit oriented development (TOD) has become one of the hottest topics for urban planners and housing developers who are looking to further leverage locations near mass transit to increase the supply of residential units for people without cars. With the CTA’s Red Line running through it, Edgewater is primed to be a key front is this rapidly evolving area. Please join EHS and Joe Schwieterman, DePaul University professor and urban planning expert, for a lively discussion on the pros and cons of TOD, Edgewater’s past development patterns, and what the neighborhood can expect in the years ahead.

The program is free and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.

2017 Edgewater Home Tour (Past)

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, the Edgewater Historical Society will present its 29th Home Tour in the Edgewater Triangle neighborhood, which includes the area within borders Bryn Mawr, Clark and Ridge. This area of Edgewater includes many of Edgewater’s oldest homes built between 1890 and 1920.

Register at Edgewater Baptist Church (1401 West Hollywood) between Noon and 4:00 p.m. Tour goers will guide themselves to the open homes using the tour map. The cost is $25 per person and requires walking several blocks. No reservations are required. Click here for more information.

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